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Overall rating
90.66/100
votes
32
Category
Single Pot Still
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Very Special Reserve
Vintage
1951
Bottled
1987
Stated Age
36 years old
Casktype
Sherry Casks
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
750 ml
Added on
01 Feb 2010 8:47 am

Average value

€ 1685.50

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Whisky Reviews for Knappogue Castle 1951

14 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.66 points

  1. rrr-wisc scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

    whoa! Never thought an Irish could taste like this, this opens a new door. Greasy, engine-oily, banana, like single pot still Midleton blended with Brora.....
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    .....
    .....
    At 40%, sadly:)

  2. St. Pauli scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Simply delicious. 
    • Nose
      Such a great nose... Diesel, sewing machine oil, aniseed, an old windmill that mills barley, eucalyptus oil, overripe banana, papaya and sandal wood. 
    • Taste
      Quite powerful for such low strength, and an oily texture. The oils and aniseed seem to mix and match, and go well together with the fruit, wood and warming spice (pepper).
    • Finish
      Not the longest, but delicious. Stewed peach, banana and melon, ginger, oak, and a complete workshop. 

  3. ctu scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Big irish Whiskey, the oldest vintage I've ever tasted. It was a great experience. 90/91.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Deep. Fruits: banana, apricot, pear and mango. Varnished wood, citruses, honey and tobacco.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Creamy. Vanilla, grapefruit, fruit salad and cinnamon. Pepper and honey, butter.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long, spicy. Vanilla, mint and ginger.

  4. MaltMartin scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Cross tasting with Knappogue Castle 1950 (cask 1). Used to be cited as the oldest and rarest Irish whiskey available. That was definitely true at the time this whiskey was bottled in 1987. Since then Cadenhead managed to bottle (in 1991) even older (cask strength) versions of 1948 and 1949 of the old Tullamore Distillery. I was priviliged to taste some of them. They are all superb! 
    • Nose
      Beautiful nose with lots of tropical fruit; mango, lychee, ripe pear and papaya. But also dried coconut, mandarins and apricot marmelade. Touch of aniseed and cinnamon. Some overripe bananas at the background. Later on hints of old cigar boxes and shoe polish. Waxed furniture as well. It noses lovely! Reminds me of old Demerara rum.
    • Taste
      Creamy vanilla mouthfeel at first. Sandal wood intermingled with apricots and grapefruit bitterness. Cinnamon and brown sugar. Wheat bread, but also a faint of cough syrup. The old pot still characteristics of heavy oiliness and robust spiciness are now clearly present. At the same time this Knappogue Castle 1951 is much more round and sweet as its (rarer and lesser known) 1950 version.
    • Finish
      Quite long and chewy. Gingery. Liquorice. A litte menthol at the end. Bold and heavy but well balanced.

  5. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Only 40%, imagine this at 50% the mind boggles.

    History and art in a bottle, excellent.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  6. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Yeah, this ones on the money, a pleasure to try this one.
    • Nose
      Now that is  stewed fruit salad mixed with a little wood varnish (that I like), fresh warm pastry and double clotted cream.

      Mango, peaches in syrup, figs and yellow plum.

      Pf note is that for only 40% the nose is quite powerful which bodes well for the palate.
    • Taste
      Nice mouthfeel, the fruit is everywhere but there is also some cookie dough in the mix, warm bread, a little melted butter.

      The fruit grows, its just a massive fruit salad, everything the nose suggested is here.

      There are also a few peat notes.
    • Finish
      Good medium length and remaining sweet with hints of vanilla custard in the mix.

  7. Hvdree scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  8. Ruud6421 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Typical pot still flavours. Diesel. Paraffine. Petroleum. Forrestbfruits and citrus. Beautiful
    • Taste
      Subtle. More fruits. Still some diesel
    • Finish
      Diesel. Oak. Sawdust.

  9. MikerG2k scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  10. stefsel111 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      94 94

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